Chile’s wine industry, despite all its trials and tribulations, is in a very good place right now. There have never been so many talented producers, so many wine regions, some of them yet to produce their first grapes, so much excellence, showcased by the superlative 2018 vintage. However hard it may be, Chile should look to the future with confidence, convinced of the world-class quality of its best wines.
This is my fourth annual Chile report and to compile it, I tasted almost 1,200 wines over a period of three weeks, driving over 4,000 kilometres from the mystical island of Chiloé in the south to the energy-charged vineyards of Alcohuaz in the Andes, the Pacific-cooled vineyards of Lo Abarca to the salty heat of Huasco on the edge of the Atacama desert.
From these tastings I selected almost 700 wines which scored 90 points or more which are featured in the report with tasting notes.
It includes key information about all of Chile’s different regions, my own classification of the best 200 growers in the country and my 80 Wines of the Year – red, white and sparkling. It is illustrated with dozens of my own photographs, my top restaurant recommendations in Chile, and more.
As Angelica Valenzuela, Commercial Director of Wines of Chile kindly says, “This is a a sincere, deep and professional testimony, which is an essential report for any expert or Chilean wine lover.”